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When No One Is Watching
When No One Is Watching | Alyssa Cole
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ClairesReads
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Panpan

a concept which has quite a lot of potential- Get Out meets social commentary about gentrification and a thriller vibe. I understood what Cole was trying to do here, the execution was off for me. The exposition is laboured and as a result the social commentary elements felt really didactic and overdone. The action arrives is late and is over in the flash. Although its the most exciting part of the novel it came across as absurd in my reading.

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Nalbuque
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Pickpick

This plot felt pretty reasonable tbh. Good story, a bit meh at times but I‘d say it‘s a relevant read. I felt they made it seem like it was completely out there, crazy, but I wish they didn‘t. In a way it is a scary read, but I wish I had actually gotten scared reading it. What I mean is: story was good, but it didn‘t make me “jumpy” as I was expecting.

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5feet.of.fury
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Story follows Brooklyn born and bred Sydney as she struggles to hold onto her mother‘s home, garden and her neighbors as gentrification infiltrates. Recently divorced, previously gaslit and institutionalized, when neighbors start disappearing, she starts to question if it‘s a coincidence or something more sinister.

The characters 💯
The history/social studies lesson 💯
Setting 👩‍🍳💋
The ending 🤔

#screamthon
#scarathlon2021 #teamslaughter

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5feet.of.fury
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❤️ been there.

@4thhouseontheleft #Screamathon week 2 prompt “diversify your book shelve”

#Scarathlon2021 #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick

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Andrea313
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ChaoticMissAdventures I enjoyed this one! 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😱📚🙌🏻 9mo
Eggs 💙👍🏼🧡 9mo
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Schlinkles
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I‘ve been slacking on this round of #lpmbc

Finally getting started…

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ShelleyBooksie
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1. East coast of Canada
2. Same place- New Brunswick, Canada
3. 1, younger brother
4. I forget the title but it was about a goldfish who kept growing

and growing and grew bigger than the house. Loved that book!

Thanks for the tag @eggs! @dinomom, @DebbieGrillo - wanna play?

MsMelissa My husband is Fredericton born and raised 😊. He hasn‘t been back in nearly two years due to the pandemic 😢 13mo
ShelleyBooksie @MsMelissa - what a small world! That is really cool. Have you ever visited? 13mo
MsMelissa Oh, yes, lots. His whole family is still there. He‘s the only member of his family and friend group that lives outside of NB. We live in Ottawa, but I was born and raised in the Toronto area so I‘m referred to as the ‘Upper Canadian‘ 🤣 13mo
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Crazeedi I tagged you too! Earlier today 13mo
ShelleyBooksie Thank you for the tag @Crazeedi ♡♡ 13mo
Eggs Thanks for playing 💕📚👏🏻 13mo
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Librariana
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Thank you for the heads-up, Cindy! 😊

I did indeed have an email letting me know about the 2-for-1 sale that I had (of course) ignored this morning and I think I walked away with some pretty good choices!

@Cinfhen

#audiobooksale #thisisaudible

Cinfhen Oh yay!!!! I think/ hope you‘ll enjoy both books ❣️❣️❣️ 13mo
Librariana @Cinfhen - I have a good feeling I will! 😁😊💙 Hope you enjoy your picks as well 💜📚 13mo
Cinfhen Thanks 😊 hopefully we‘ll both get to our audios sooner than later xx 13mo
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Andrea313
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TheKidUpstairs Love it, great selection! 14mo
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Karkar
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Jumping back into this one on this cold rainy evening. Loving it so far

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VRM1975
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Strange, not the thriller I was expecting but important

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tracey38
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I finished this audiobook sometime a week ago but forgot to post it. I did enjoy this one but it was one that also just upsets me, too. It is about this historically black neighborhood that is being taken over by very sinister, upper class white people. It's sickening, shows racism, gentrification, and made me want to scream at times. I hated it and loved it too. The ending seemed a bit too much but overall a good read.

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Gissy
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Book has mixed reviews. I will say that 3/4 parts of the book was real action as a “thriller”. It kept my interest bc author integrated topics of discrimination and social-political situations with the action of the novel. But the last 1/3 part was rushed, it was like a dystopian or sci fi or something that you need to read it. For me was like 3.3⭐️But it will be perfect for a movie adaptation. Im glad I read it. I was tense in those 3/4 parts. ⬇️

Gissy The book will be discussed in YouTuber channel BooksandLala tomorrow March 2bd. Let‘s see what she and her co-hosts are going to discuss and say about the novel.

Thanks @Chrissyreadit for the book. I suffered from anxiety in those 3/4 parts☺️
Feb #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaOfBooks
#20in4Readathon @Andrew65
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Gissy The book will be discussed in YouTuber channel BooksandLala tomorrow March 2bd. Let‘s see what she and her co-hosts are going to discuss and say about the novel.

The author has great references at the end about the topic of racial discrimination.

Thanks @Chrissyreadit for the book. I suffered from anxiety in those 3/4 parts☺️
Feb #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaOfBooks
#20in4Readathon @Andrew65
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Chrissyreadit It‘s on my shelf to read too. 1y
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
Gissy Read it @Chrissyreadit I was so anxious in that first part but the good anxiety, the one you experience when you like what you are reading☺️ 1y
Chrissyreadit I‘m looking forward to it- I like Alyssa Cole. 1y
Gissy @Chrissyreadit I enjoyed this book. I really want to read also her romance books. I have them, I only need to read them☺️So many books, so little time! 1y
Andrew65 Looks good. 1y
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Melismatic
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Pickpick

Holy cow, was this fantastic! A true popcorn horror thriller in the vein of “Get Out” that treads the line between believable & unbelievable flawlessly. I devoured this. Phenomenal.

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ShyBookOwl
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Well, ploughed through that in a day.
Un-put-down-able. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
#blackvoices

Andrea313 Agree! It was a one-day read for me, too. 1y
ShyBookOwl @Andrea313 it kept such a great pace the whole way through! 1y
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ShyBookOwl
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This is finally happening. I've been meaning to get to it for too long. #blackvoices
Heading out with the audio for some fresh air.

Twainy This has been on my Libby hold list for months 😫 1y
ShyBookOwl @Twainy I know the feeling! I cracked and got it on Audible 1y
rachelsbrittain Yess such a good one! 1y
ShyBookOwl @rachelsbrittain yes! I binged more than half of it in one go 1y
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Meaw_catlady
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Wow. I am speechless. This thriller was so good and very eye opening. @lovely.murrell ‘s pick for her monthly digital book club. Sinister Gentrification of a mostly black community . What is really happening ? Who do you trust ? Twist , turns, action. Had me hooked from start to finish.

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dearb00kshelves
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I‘ve seen conversations claiming this isn‘t really a thriller or it isn‘t scary but I‘m going to have to disagree. This story is incredibly unsettling. Alyssa Cole‘s writing creates a sense of unease throughout the narrative and the pacing adds to a constant feeling of fear. Themes of gentrification, community, and more come together to create a book that I haven‘t seen more deserving of the “thriller” genre in years.

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AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH
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This takes on the very real issue of gentrification, of which I knew very little of, and brings it to the forefront for the world to see with an added touch of mystery hiding something even more sinister than just the “sprucing up” of a neighborhood in a section of Brooklyn New York. The ending was a bit rushed and felt like a little too much to swallow but overall it was compelling, and I would even go so far as to say it was enlightening.

AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH I always forget to post my rating...❐ Overall Rating 4¼ | Narration 4½ 1y
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That-Bookish-Hiker
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Wowza! This book was intense!

This book is so much more than just another mystery thriller. I loved that it included gentrification and redlining into the story and makes it so sinister. Let‘s get real tho that shit is sinister. I loved the drama that unfolded and how it unfolded towards the end. I can‘t wait to read more from this author.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

she.epeolatry I really enjoyed it 1y
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rachelsbrittain
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Saw @Laughterhp 's weekly roundup post and decided to try my hand at one. Excited to (hopefully) start in on some of my #NewYearWhoDis picks this week, too @monalyisha

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Laughterhp
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#BookReport - Somehow I finished 7 books this week. 2 were audiobooks and 1 graphic novel.

I decided to bail on Memory Called Empire. I just couldn‘t get into it and didn‘t want to pick it up. Sorry #BBBBC

Currently reading the new Jane Harper. I‘ve put Blazewrath Games on hold. I was so excited to read it, but it‘s sooo YA 🤦‍♀️

#WeeklyForecast - Start a couple more #NewYearWhoDis books.

Cinfhen Whoa 😯 What a FABULOUS week 🥳🥳🥳 1y
eri.reads Yay, great week! 🥳🥳 1y
rachelsbrittain I'm reading When No One is Watching right now! And lol yes Blazewrath games is very YA 😂 1y
cozypunk omgosh, White Trash Warlock is a fantastic title! 1y
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rachelsbrittain
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Some audio knitting featuring a dirty chai and pup this afternoon

Soubhiville Mmmmmm, dirty chai! Your pupster is a cutie! 1y
rachelsbrittain @Soubhiville it's one of my favorites 😊 And thank you! 1y
cozypunk Inquiring minds want to know what you added to the chai to make it dirty?? 1y
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rachelsbrittain @dandy.punk haha it's just a way chai with espresso is often listed-- probably less interesting than it sounds 😅 1y
cozypunk @rachelsbrittain dang, i need to go to coffee shops more often. here, i was thinking you had added Rumchata or Kalhua.
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rachelsbrittain @dandy.punk that would probably be pretty good too 😂😂 1y
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Eggbeater
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Pickpick

This book does a good job illustrating the devastating effects of gentrification as well as being a good neighborhood thriller. It is a slow burn in the beginning and well worth the wait for the story to pick up.

#AnyWayYouReadathon
Book 1 finished

@kimmypete1 @MidnightBookGirl

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Laughterhp
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Wow, this book was intense. I was so anxious the whole time reading it and had to stay up late to finish. I basically read this book in a day. I started it last year and read like maybe 10 pages and finished the rest yesterday. And I used my new book journal for the first time. I‘m only using it for books I really like!

#BookSpinBingo - box 8

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Laughterhp
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This is going to drive me nuts if Sydney continually calls her mother, Mommy. I don‘t know why, but it‘s annoying me so much!

Maybe because I can‘t picture a 30 year old woman calling her mom, mommy.... 🤷🏻‍♀️

Thousand-Lives This is a pet peeve of mine in books too! 😆 1y
julesG 🙈 1y
candority Ooof, this bugs me too! 1y
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MicheleinPhilly
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Pickpick

This was COMPLETELY different from my expectation but I was quite pleasantly surprised. This is a wickedly insightful satire/mild horror story about the ills of gentrification. One of the “twists” I did suss out fairly early on but I found myself nodding knowingly at the portrayals of some of these folks - like the neighbor who has an 8x10 portrait of Michelle Obama in her house but then spews racist garbage on the book‘s version of NextDoor. 🙄

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robinb
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Just saw this on US Kindle sale for $3.99 if anyone is interested.

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she.epeolatry
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Pickpick

A very unique take on the genre and topic - gentrification- that was equally educational and horrifying.

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eraderneely
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November #bookreport
📚I really enjoyed Sarah Moss‘s latest
🎧 When No One is Watching and One by One (not pictured) were both decent thrillers
📗I didn‘t love Anxious People, but I did love Happy and You Know It

That‘s it for me this month. Can I finish a few more 2020 favorites before the year is out? Loving everyone‘s best of lists!

Cinfhen Wow!! You were able to get a copy of Barack Obama‘s memoir....and it‘s audio 🙌🏻💓!! Awesomeness!!! I didn‘t care much for the new Backman either 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1y
squirrelbrain I‘m listening to Barack too... but I‘ve only just started and it will take me a looong time to get through it; I can only listen to a couple of hours a week at the moment. 1y
eraderneely @Cinfhen I was tenth on my library‘s wait list and then they bought 8 copies 😂 I‘m not sure I‘m going to finish it before my time is up though! 1y
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eraderneely @squirrelbrain there‘s no need to rush through a soothing 30 hours of Obama talking to you 1y
Cathythoughts I loved Piranesi ❤️ 1y
eraderneely @Cathythoughts that‘s good to hear, because I don‘t know anything about it except “it‘s weird” and “you should go in not knowing anything about it” 1y
Caroline2 I enjoyed Essie. 👍 1y
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UnabridgedPod
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Wow. Alyssa Cole's When No One Is Watching is such a ride. I've been a fan of Cole's romance novels for years, so when I saw she was moving in to thriller territory, I pre-ordered immediately. This book did not disappoint. It's filled with suspense, with twists and turns, AND with important social issues.

Alternating between the perspectives of Sydney, a Black woman living in her mother's Brooklyn brownstone, ⬇️

UnabridgedPod and Theo, a white man who's new to the neighborhood, the novel builds the mystery of what's happening as long-time neighborhood residents begin leaving and new, white homeowners start coming in. We know from the beginning that *something* is going on, ⬇️ 1y
UnabridgedPod but Cole layers her protagonists' knowledge and discoveries until the readers think we might know what's happening AND what will happen, only to yank the narrative rug out from under that certainty again and again. I thoroughly loved it. And that ending--well, DM me if you've read this and would like to chat!⠀

➡️ Are you more excited or nervous when a beloved author moves into new genre territory?
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cleoh
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Decided to pick this up because the hold time for the ebook on CloudLibrary is like a year long. I‘ve only read the first few chapters but it‘s making my skin crawl!

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WonderlandMind
Mehso-so

While I enjoyed this book, the ending felt very rushed and lackluster for me. The story was unique and very relevant. I enjoyed the characters and their development. Some of the plot lines felt underdeveloped and unresolved.

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Amie
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I feel like this book has some flaws, but I couldn't put it down. It's pretty slow-paced until the end, and the ending is rather far-fetched. I liked the setting and characters, although I disliked that the potential unreliability of one narrator was based on vague hints and possible mental health issues.

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Lizwarnerpdx
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Jeezus. Wow. Angry. My thoughts as I finished this one. I waited weeks to get this from the library & just blew through it in 2 days. It‘s a thriller, good pace, likable characters, gets your heart beating & keeps you turning the page. Brooklyn, tight knit neighborhood, gentrification, people start disappearing, a whole lot more ‘casual racism‘ from the new neighbors. Rich white folk taking over. I‘m going to be processing this one a while....

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silentrequiem
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Treated myself at Barnes & Noble earlier this week after a dentist appointment. I've only heard of the tagged book. Hope the other two are good!

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ValkyrieAndHerBooks
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My heart might recover by the time Cole publishes her next Thriller, which I WILL be picking up! With a few exceptions, I don‘t read Thrillers anymore. I used to devour them. But I over did it. And, some of the common elements of the genre, like gaslighting, became too real. It‘s something that makes me want to burn the world down. Definitely messes with me. And while the gaslighting in this book gave me fits, all I can say is “Worth it!”

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inthegreensandblues
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Friday night thrills

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Apparently thrillers are stressful? But I loved the topics of gentrification and racial neighbourhood history, and Sydney, a prickly, smart woman come home to Brooklyn to take care of her mom. Dull white dude Theo, a 2nd POV, I could have done without. I found the tonal shift to violence at the end abrupt and the wrap-up rushed. But I appreciate the villainy is not card carrying KKK racists, but liberal rich white people. Spooky because it's real!

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Tera0707
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Going to give this one a shot. It has really mixed reviews. Love #thatcovertho

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Andrea313
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Plowing my way through this weekend reading stack. Amy favorites of yours pictured here? #currentlyreading

LiteraryinLawrence When No One is Watching and The Switch are ones I want to read! 2y
Andrea313 @LiteraryinLititz I'm about halfway through When No One is Watching, and LOVING it! 2y
LeahBergen The Brontë Cabinet is wonderful. 2y
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Laughterhp
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Made an appointment at my indie bookstore to celebrate my birthday! I‘m pretty happy with my #bookhaul And I had a $10 coupon!

The top book is a Sherlock Holmes escape room puzzle book that looked fun for the winter! And now I don‘t have to wait 3 months to read the new Alyssa Cole!

Emilymdxn I LOVE after me comes the flood 2y
Laughterhp @Emilymdxn Oh good to hear! I‘ve really loved her other 2 books, so I knew I wanted to read her debut! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Happy birthday! 2y
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effani
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I'm not normally a thriller reader, but I accidentally read the whole book yesterday (and then had trouble sleeping). Highly engaging and terrifying.

My only problem is that after reading The City We Became earlier this year, I kept expecting tentacle monsters to show up, because that's what happens in NYC gentrification stories, right?

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effani
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My partner read this one first, and enjoyed it, but he can't seem to remember the title to save his life! First it was “When No One Can See You,“ and then it morphed into “Where No One Can Hear You.“

...anyway, I'm off to read “Why No One Can Smell You“ 😂

ChaoticMissAdventures 😂. I really enjoyed this one. 2y
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valeriegeary
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Happy weekend Littens! I volunteered at my local food bank this afternoon and have virtual game night with friends later tonight but while the chili is cooking, I'm sneaking away to read some more of this slow-burn thriller. How was your week?

VeganCleopatra What virtual games do you play? 2y
valeriegeary @VeganCleopatra we've used the jackbox tv app a lot. Also we play Code Names and our own version of Loaded Questions that could also be played as cards against humanity if we tweaked the rules a little. Last night we managed to play a virtual version of catchphrase too which wasn't as fun as in person but 2y
valeriegeary @VeganCleopatra but it was better than nothing 😄 2y
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wen4blu
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EchoLogical 👀 2y
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candority
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Bailedbailed

DNF at 24%. Nothing has happened yet and other reviewers have said that the pacing is off for the whole book. I‘m disappointed because the premise sounds so good 😭

One_With_Books I actually planned on reading this until I saw so many reviews of people who just didn‘t make it through the book. So disappointing 2y
candority @One_With_Books Yeah, I decided to give it a try despite the bad reviews, but I guess I should have listened 🤷‍♀️ 2y
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ShyBookOwl
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Just discovered libro.fm, an audiobook service that is the same price as Audible ($15/month, one credit), but supports actual bookstores. Very cool. Great library. Thinking of making this my first listen with them

vlwelser Great choice! The print version was excellent. 2y
rabbitprincess I‘ve subscribed as well! 😊 2y
TaraTLK I love libro fm. And Alyssa, but am a big scaredy cat so not sure I can do that one in audio myself. Have fun though. 2y
Hooked_on_books Welcome! I‘ve been a member for a couple years and I LOVE it! It feels good to support my bookstore and they really do have a great selection. 2y
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Beachesnbooks
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Currently reading a mystery/thriller to kick off my fall reading (I like to read seasonally and mystery/thrillers just seem like fall!). I'm enjoying it so far, particularly the characters and sense of place.

Linsy Beautiful pic! 2y
ChasingOm I like mystery/thrillers in the fall too! Your background is beautiful!!! 2y
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